Cush Jumbo on Her New Buddy Hugh Jackman & the ‘Shocking’ Drama The River

first_img Hometown: London, England “It’s hard to describe The River without giving anything away. You’re going to laugh and cry and be happy and sad—and you’re going to be shocked. Let’s just say you’re going to have quite an immersive experience for 85 minutes!” “I love having my own place in midtown like a proper grown-up. I was born and bred in a city, so I’m most at home when I can see the lights and hear the cabs going by in the middle of the night. New York is a spiritual place for me.” Age: 29 View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 8, 2015 “I’m the second of six children, and we’re all about two years apart, so [life at home] was kind of busy, but I always had a ready-made audience. I started working on stage as a dancer when I was four; by 14 or 15, I knew I wanted to study the craft of acting.” “With a name like Cush Jumbo, you never get forgotten. The ‘Jumbo’ is from my father, who is Nigerian, and ‘Cush’ was a king in ancient Egypt. It’s a name that took a few years to grow into, but now I feel it was meant to be. It’s absolutely who I am, and I love it.”center_img “When you’re working with a big star you always wonder what it’s going to be like. Hugh Jackman puts you at ease within 10 minutes. He has such a wonderful energy and is so generous when you’re doing a scene. He’s just so funny and friendly and playful—he instantly becomes your friend.” “Playing Mark Antony in Julius Caesar was the most thrilling thing I’ve done. You get these speeches that were written for men, and you’re running around like an action hero, climbing scaffolding and beating people up. It was very freeing.” The River Stage Cred: A rising star of the British stage, Jumbo won raves as Mark Antony in an all-female Julius Caesar (which transferred to St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn last year), Nora in A Doll’s House, Rosalind in As You Like It and Josephine Baker in her self-penned solo show Josephine and I. Related Shows Current Role: A Broadway debut as “The Woman,” who accompanies her new boyfriend (Hugh Jackman) to a remote cabin for night of fly-fishing in Jez Butterworth’s mysterious drama The River.last_img read more

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Guatemalan Army Fights Transnational Crime with Renovated Armored Vehicles

first_imgShortly thereafter in mid-2013, Guatemala created its Marine Infantry Brigade and the Tecún Umán IATF. The effort received international support, including backing from the United States, which has donated 82 Jeep J8 armored vehicles, 25 pick-ups and nine trucks for the Tecún Umán and Chortí IATF units. Those vehicles have been continuously deployed in the fight against drug cartels, human smugglers and transnational criminal organizations; their speed and maneuverability on uneven terrain in border areas have made them integral to the Task Forces and the Army’s success, according to Colonel Bartres García. International cooperation In the early 1980s, at the height of the internal conflict, the Armed Forces devised and produced their own Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), a 4×4 reinforced vehicle called the Armadillo, which resembles the American Commando LAV-100. Also known as the Cusuco, the Armadillo was ideal for urban warfare and for flat terrains in certain areas of the country. It could be equipped with .50 manually operated turrets, and, more importantly, could resist the guerrillas’ rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). Since then, on January 23, a Tecún Umán IATF-led operation resulted in the interdiction of 12.7 tons of amphetamines valued at nearly $1.2 billion. Troops found the drugs in a shack in the city of La Blanca, in the department of San Marcos, which borders Mexico. In just a few months after its creation, the Tecún Umán IATF, which has a fleet of 42 J8s, dismantled nine criminal structures in the northern part of the country before dealing several more blows against international smugglers and drug traffickers in 2014. From 1996 — the year the Guatemalan Civil War ended — until 2014, the use of armored vehicles by the Guatemalan Army declined considerably, Colonel Bartres García said. Guatemala’s Marine Infantry Brigade, the Tecún Umán Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), and the Chortí IATF have used a fleet of modified light armored vehicles and Toyota pick-up trucks to strike several major blows against organized crime groups that traffic drugs and humans through the country’s borders with Mexico and Honduras. The Guatemalan Armed Forces armored and modified the trucks. “The monopoly of force that the State has accrued with these vehicles has significantly contributed to our mission,” Colonel Ader Bartres García, Commander of the Armed Forces’ Marine Infantry Brigade, said on July 1 during a presentation at the 4th Annual Latin America Armored Vehicles Conference, in Bogotá, Colombia. Use of armored vehicles declined after civil conflict ended By Dialogo July 23, 2015 What use are armies? To provoke underdevelopment in countries, kill innocent people, now for drug traffickers, how nice, isn’t it. Crime in Latin America is a dangerous reality for those who are healthy and productive. The problem in Venezuela is not related to war, what bothers us is the lack of food. The Guatemalan Army, working together with the Navy, Air Force, and National Police, is using a fleet of renovated armored vehicles to combat transnational crime and guard the country’s borders. Meanwhile in southern Guatemala, the Chortí IATF, whose fleet is made up of 46 J8s, has teamed with their Honduran counterparts as part of the binational Maya-Chortí Task Force. The collaboration reaped success in April 2015, about a month after it was formed, when forces captured 15 suspects and identified 62 drug and human-trafficking routes used by criminal organizations in the border region. The Army used Armadillos until the end of the Civil War, when the government reduced its budget and Troop numbers; it didn’t need armored vehicles again until around 2012, when drug-trafficking organizations, including some Mexican cartels such as Los Zetas and La Familia Michoacana, increased their operations in Guatemala, using the country as a transshipment point for drug loads from South America. The new threats posed by these transnational criminal organizations prompted the government to considerably increase the Army’s size and budget, and to create inter-institutional groups capable of guaranteeing public security in border departments such as Petén, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Quiché, El Progreso, Chiquimula and Izabal. last_img read more

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Turnaround Chef Johndavid Hensley Spins Pub Into Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The newest addition to Long Island’s restaurant scene is Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar, a white-tablecloth restaurant that debuted last month where sports bar Bottoms Up once stood in downtown Islip.Executive Chef Johndavid Hensley, a veteran in the restaurant industry, touts classic dishes with contemporary flair and a focus on featuring local and regional ingredients.“My oysters and clams are pretty much dug right here in our backyard,” says Hensley, sitting in a booth as members of the dining staff began setting tables for the dinner rush on a recent Monday.Fitting the restaurant’s motif, blue light floods the dimly lit dining room accented by bright white tablecloths and nautical decals. Techno music thumping in the background completes the nightclub feel. Hensley takes a positive, hands-on approach in managing the kitchen.“I never really tell anybody here what to do,” he says. “I tell them why and how to do it, so they themselves can make discoveries. I want to inspire and empower.”Hensley, who grew up in the Hamptons, got his start in the restaurant business at an early age.“My family, we’re restaurant people,” he says. “So I grew up with it in my blood. I just fell in love with the job and the environment.”He worked his way up the ranks at Hampton Bays’ now-defunct Indian Cove Restaurant and Marina, where he eventually served as executive chef for more than 15 years. In its heyday, the East End fixture ranked high among LI restaurants, receiving four stars from The New York Times three years in a row. Craving the bright lights and big city, he moved to Manhattan in the late ’90s, and bounced around before securing a position as executive chef of the Russian Tea Room, where he worked from 1998 to 2000.“I got a chance to rub elbows with a lot of political dignitaries,” he recalls. “It helped polish my skills with the service aspect of [the industry]. I fell in love, not just with the food, but also the customers and what they represent.”In the following years, Hensley returned to the Island, and worked at The Montauk Yacht Club, Greek Bites Grill in Southampton and Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport. While discussing his long career in the restaurant industry, a much younger chef approached the booth at Blue Oyster Bar and asked Hensley for a second opinion on a meatball.“It’s fluffy enough, right? Not so dense?” Hensley says, inspecting the chef’s creation. He later explained it was an “Arthur Avenue meatball,” a Blue Oyster appetizer served with whipped ricotta cheese and named for the Little Italy section of the Bronx. After a brief consultation with the other chef, Hensley says, “All right, run with it.”Throughout the course of his career, Hensley says, skilled chefs often took him under their wing, a practice he’s now adopted. He believes strongly in “paying it forward.”“The kids here, when I give them a recipe, I want them to feel it and touch it,” he says. “I like others to discover what made me smile when I was younger.”Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar serves up a variety of regional and local seafood along with classic dishes and steaks. Appetizers include baked clams with lemon and thyme ($12) and herb-crusted Tuscan wings served with a curry cream dip. Entrée selections include Montauk swordfish with a honey-sweet potato mash and cranberry chutney ($28); traditional paella with shrimp, clams, mussels and chorizo ($32); and French lobster ravioli. That’s in addition to a full raw bar that features a variety of local oysters served daily.Blue Oyster Seafood & Oyster Bar is located at 524-526 Main St. in Islip. They can be reached at 631-446-4233 or blueoysterlongisland.comlast_img read more

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Americans love their credit cards (for now)

first_img continue reading » Whether they swipe or insert, Americans have a proven tendency to reach for their credit cards over all other payment options. And it’s not just tactile appeal–credit cards exceed debit cards in usage whether it’s online or in-store. Together, credit and debit cards dominate the market as preferred payment types in the US. In online purchases, eWallets are still trailing behind debit cards. Bank transfers, cash on delivery, and pre-pay show little growth over last year among Americans. So, if you haven’t implemented chip technology yet in your credit union’s credit cards, it would be a wise investment against fraud. Americans don’t appear to be giving up their plastic for quite a while.Worldpay found that Americans only spent $2,271 per capita using eCommerce, only 20% of which was via mobile wallet. Ecommerce’s compounding annual growth rate is expected to be 9% in the US between 2018 and 2022, aided by a 79% internet penetration rate as of 2018. Point of sale spend per capita, however, was $24,248 with just 3% coming through mobile wallets. POS CAGR is expected to reach 7% between 2018 and 2022.Americans’ payment habits contrast sharply with other countries. Mobile payments in the US are projected to amount to less than half of eCommerce through 2022. In the UK, however, mobile payments will account for more than half of eCommerce by 2022. Densely populated countries like China and Indonesia are already there. In fact, China’s mobile eCommerce is expected to nearly double desktop by 2022. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, July 7

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWant rights? Enter the country legallyFor the life of me, I have a hard time understanding the support for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. I repeat illegally. Full disclosure, my maternal relatives were here for the Revolution and my paternal grandparents came here in 1897 from Italy. They did it all legally and went through Ellis Island.One thing that frosts me is calling those scoundrels/goniffs/criminals immigrants. You heard me, criminals, not immigrants.  No way. They are here illegally and should not have the same rights as honest citizens. This misuse of words is done regularly by the publicity wing of the Democrat National Committee; most people call them the news media. Those talking heads like to say how fair and balanced they are. Mr. Trump does not pussy-foot around. He calls them what they are: “fake news.” Ditto for the sanctuary cities nonsense. Who gives those people the right to waste taxpayers’ money harboring criminals? Heck, you see demonstrations, and the criminals and their supporters are waving their home countries’ flags. Most of those people really do not want citizenship, just the rights of citizenship.Gov. Andrew Cuomo — you know, the downstate wise guy that preaches at us like an old-time tent revival preacher as if we were fourth-graders — says people are leaving New York due to weather. No Andy, it’s all the progressive, liberal communism you people vote in. This driver license thing means more people leaving this people’s republic for a free state.David G. DeMarcoHadleyNot voting comes with consequencesIn order for democracy to be effective, it must be used.On June 26, Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy celebrated a victory in the Democratic primary. Celebrate he should, because without a Republican opponent, this primary victory seals his fate for another term as Schenectady’s mayor. The city of Schenectady has somewhere near 66,000 residents, yet fewer than 2,000 saw their way clear to cast a vote in this important election. Why were the vast majority of citizens unwilling to participate in this Democratic process? While the percentage of votes won by the incumbent looked significant, the vote count revealed that a victory was secured by a mere 65 votes. So the mayor was the deliberate choice of 858 citizens. The rest were willing to take potluck.This is reminiscent of the 2018 election cycle, in which a representative won the primary in a Democrat-controlled district with a total of 15,897 votes, beating the incumbent by slightly more than 6,000 votes. This happened in a district in which nearly 215,000 were registered as Democrats. In this case, the winner has become the voice of the Democratic Party, as if a majority of Americans across the country sent her to Washington to represent them.Many people in the world do not have the privilege of casting a ballot. Shouldn’t we take our democracy a little more seriously?Dennis UleryBallston SpaBrown wasn’t worthy of graduation honorCongratulations to these Mechanicville graduates and all those who made this day a reality for them.The school’s final day with these students should have been reflective of the years of dedication by faculty and students. Sadly, it would seem respect for dedicated educators and the student body were neglected here.Commencement speakers are typically chosen to represent role models, inspirational figures. Chad Brown’s past history of labor violations were corrected under legal direction, not an atonement to underpaid individuals.These fresh young eyes see horse racing as the blood sport that it is and will counteract those of us who blindly find it acceptable simply because it has been around for so long. A personal salute to students Hailey Bub, Jordan Blair and Issac Green for the courage to stand up for their morality. Mr. Brown has won a “prestigious” award for his training accomplishments. This individual’s accomplishments include being the trainer for 16 horses that have died at the track since 2009. With this “track” record of cruelty to man and beast, parents and faculty have to wonder at a choice that necessitated the barring of the press, further marring the day meant for celebration for students and their families.Margaret M. NixonMechanicvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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China says it must improve hygiene in markets after Beijing outbreak

first_imgTopics : Low standards of hygiene in China’s wholesale food markets and vulnerabilities in its food supply chain need to be urgently addressed after a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, a leading body of the ruling Communist Party said.The resurgence of COVID-19 in the country’s capital over the past week, infecting more than 100 people and raising fears of wider contagion, has been linked to the city’s massive Xinfadi food center.The Communist Party’s top disciplinary body said the outbreak underlined the urgent need to improve sanitation standards and minimize health risks at markets. “The epidemic is a mirror that not only reflects the dirty and messy aspects of wholesale markets but also their low level management conditions,” the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a report published on its website on Wednesday.China’s sprawling food markets have emerged as an ideal breeding ground for the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 8 million people worldwide. The first major cluster of infections was traced to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, where bats and other wild animals were believed to be on sale.The CCDI report noted that most of the markets were built 20 to 30 years ago, when drainage and wastewater treatment was relatively undeveloped.An Yufa, a professor at China Agricultural University, was cited in the report as saying the markets must follow international practice and implement origin tracing systems as well as documentation on storage, transport and sale.Officials in Wuhan province took 3,000 samples from tools, chopping boards and drains in 114 farmers’ markets and 107 supermarkets this week to check for potential new sources of infection. All came up negative, they said.China has promised to ban the trade and consumption and wildlife in a bid to minimize disease transmission, though the use of wild animal products in traditional medicine will still be permitted. last_img read more

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Pandemic can’t stop Wall Street rally, Nasdaq breaks fresh record

first_imgWall Street continued to rally on Monday, with main indices ending higher and the Nasdaq again notching a fresh record even as the coronavirus continues to bedevil the United States.At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.8 percent at 26,287.03.The broad-based S&P 500 gained 1.6 percent to finish at 3,179.72, while the tech-rich Nasdaq gained 2.2 percent to end at 10,433.65 – its third straight record close. Markets are gaining despite mounting fears the coronavirus pandemic is far from over in the United States, which has seen the world’s largest outbreak with nearly 40,000 new cases reported in 24 hours on Sunday.Though some mayors say their cities reopened too early and worry their healthcare systems will soon become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, Karl Haeling of LBBW said Wall Street believes they will not see a return of the widespread business shutdowns of mid-March.”The market is showing more resilience than I expected. I didn’t think we’d be immune from these bad virus numbers,” he said.”As bad as they are, there is no real appetite for locking the economy down. If the deaths start to tick up and overwhelm hospitals more broadly, maybe that changes things.” Amazon was among the tech stocks seeing big gains, rising 5.8 percent to end at US$3,057.04, the first time its share price has ended above $3,000.Netflix gained 3.6 percent to close at an all-time high, while Apple rose 2.7 percent and Microsoft 2.2 percent.After a unit of billionaire Warren Buffet’s giant holding Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire much of Dominion Energy’s natural gas assets for $4 billion in cash in addition to debt, Berkshire ended up 2.2 percent while Dominion lost 11 percent.Uber closed with a gain of six percent after announcing it would buy delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion in stock. The move shakes up the sector, which has seen surging growth during the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

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Thousands flee as fast-moving wildfires spread in California

first_imgEvacuation orders or warnings were also issued in other counties — including the wine regions of Sonoma and Napa — where fires sparked by lightning are raging unchecked amid a sweltering heat wave.Cal Fire officials said the series of fires in that region, dubbed the LNU Lightning Complex, had destroyed 50 homes, burned through nearly 50,000 acres and were zero percent contained by early Wednesday evening.They added that a helicopter pilot taking part in the firefighting efforts in Fresno County, southeast of San Francisco, had died in a crash as he was attempting to drop water.  In Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties a series of fires called the CZU Lightning Complex forced the shutdown of portions of the iconic coastal Highway 1 as flames came close to the road. Thousands of people fled their homes in northern California on Wednesday as hundreds of fast-moving wildfires spread across the region, burning houses and leading to the death of a helicopter pilot.In Vacaville — a city of about 100,000 people located between the state capital Sacramento and San Francisco — residents were urged to evacuate during the night as the wind-whipped flames swallowed dozens of homes.Many were awakened by neighbors or firefighters desperately banging on their doors, and rushed out dressed only in their pajamas. Several suffered burns as they ran for their lives. Topics : Officials said the region’s rugged terrain and dry vegetation were making it difficult to combat the blaze.Governor Gavin Newsom, who has declared a state of emergency to facilitate the release of emergency funds, said the wildfires had been caused by thousands of lightning strikes in recent days in the Bay Area. ‘10,849 lightning strikes’ “CA has experienced 10,849 lightning strikes in the last 72 hours and WORLD RECORD heat temperatures,” Newsom said in a tweet. “We’re currently battling 367 known fires.”He told reporters that 23 of those fires were considered major blazes.Newsom added that fire departments in other states, including Nevada, Arizona and Texas, were sending reinforcements to help fight the wildfires that are fueled by record-breaking heat and low humidity.Cal Fire spokesman Jeremy Rahn said that in all, the fires had so far burned more than 300,000 acres across the state.”Firefighting resources are depleted as new fires continue to ignite,” he told a press briefing. “The size and complexity at which these incidents are burning is challenging all aspects of emergency response.”In the past week, California’s Death Valley has been experiencing historic high temperatures, with the mercury rising as high as 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius).Nearly 45 million people across the western United States were under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory Wednesday.The scorching temperatures have put a massive strain on California’s power network, with blackouts leaving nearly 50,000 people without service, according to Poweroutage.us.The fires have also affected air quality in the northern part of the state, where falling ash forced some residents to remain indoors.”The air quality will be very poor for the foreseeable future given rapid spread of fires and stagnant air mass,” the National Weather Service in the Bay Area tweeted.Wildfires have become more frequent and bigger in California in recent years, in part driven by climate change.The deadliest fire in the state’s history — the Camp Fire — took place in northern California in November 2018 and killed 86 people.Also Wednesday, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over a series of wildfires.”Wildfires are threatening the safety and livelihoods of Washingtonians all across the state,” Inslee said in a statement.”And the COVID-19 pandemic has put additional strain on our resources, as some of our usual support is further limited due to international movement restrictions.”Several major wildfires were also burning in the state of Colorado, where hot, dry conditions were fueling the flames.last_img read more

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Bus driver’s suspension ‘nonsensical’

first_imgAshburton Guardian 11 Aug 2012Methven school bus driver Fred Rijbroek was laying low yesterday as debate over suspension from his job raged around the country. Many on national talkback radio and on Facebook came out in support of the 63-year-old, who was suspended for one week on full pay, after he physically lifted a boy on to his seat. He will return to the job on Monday. Even Family First launched into the debate, saying the suspension was “nonsensical”, and such cases would make parents and teachers “too afraid to administer any physical control or restraint of children”. Mr Rijbroek, at home in Methven yesterday, said he had had various media contact him, but had been told by his employer Methven Travel not to speak about the case. He confirmed the incident occurred as had already been reported though, that a five-year-old was being “hyperactive and boisterous”, and that he picked the boy up by the middle and “firmly placed” him on his seat. He had earlier told the boy to sit in his allocated window seat, but the boy wanted to continue playing. Mr Rijbroek told him he would have to sit down when the bus doors were shut, but the boy started kicking his school friends and upset a girl by taking her book. After Mr Rijbroek took the book off the boy and put him on to his seat, he behaved well for the rest of the journey.Meanwhile, Methven educators are comfortable with the suspension, and are pleased correct procedure was followed to deal with the incident. Principal Chris Murphy at Methven Primary School, where the student attends, said a Methven Area Bus Group representative had met with him a few days after the incident to explain the investigation which was under way. “I think it is a very stressful situation being responsible for that number of kids, and driving a bus,” Mr Murphy said. However, having to put hands on a child should be a last resort. “At the end of the day, students’ welfare and students’ safety is the prime concern,” he said.http://www.ashburtonguardian.co.nz/news/todays-news/8233-bus-drivers-suspension-nonsensical.htmllast_img read more

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Wenger questions Man City defensive quality

first_img Loading… Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester City they risk going the same way as his Arsenal. “That shows that it’s not easy to find the defenders who strengthen their team. Everybody is looking for defenders. “When I was at Arsenal everybody says ‘Well you have to find defenders’ but we’re sitting there saying; ‘well, big defenders are not anymore easy to find even with a lot of money’. Read Also:Wenger to amend offside law in a bid to end VAR row “They have disappeared and that’s why they have a job to do there. If they lose Laporte until the end of the season it could be a handicap for them in the Champions League. The Premier League is decided so that has gone, now their target they have the quality to win the Champions League but of course they need to be solid defensively.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Actors Who Had Ridiculous Reasons For Quitting A RoleBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them The Frenchman, who managed the Gunners for 22 years, was a pundit on BeIN Sports’ panel during City’s 2-1 first leg Champions League win against Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. “I think Man City spent a lot of money on defenders,” he said. “If you look over four or five years they spent a huge amount of money.Advertisementlast_img read more

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